FOXBORO -- The Patriots had all 53 players on the active roster, and one other potential contributor, back on the field for Thursday's practice. It was a rare instance of the team having perfect attendance for a late-season practice.
Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and linebacker Marquis Flowers (illness) both were present for the workout after missing Wednesday's session. Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the team's first two practices this week, was also on the field and seemed to be in good spirits during warmups.
Mitchell is still on injured reserve, but he can be activated to the roster at any point. In order to play in the Divisional Round, he'll have to be activated by Friday afternoon.
When asked Thursday morning if the Patriots planned on having Mitchell back at any point during the postseason, Bill Belichick deflected.
"I don’t know," he said. "I’ll certainly let you know as soon as – if that happens, we’ll let you know as soon as possible. There won’t be a second of delay."
Gillislee missed the regular-season finale against the Jets with a knee issue, and Thursday marked his first practice since playing against the Bills in Week 16.
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Tom E. Curran, Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry discuss the tough start for the Patriots, and break down what they need to do on both sides of the ball to improve.
(1:00) Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry break down what they saw go wrong for the Patriots defense against the Lions.
(4:30) Why did the Patriots struggle with defending the run so much?
(11:00) Is there anything personnel wise the Patriots defense can do to improve?
(13:30) What’s going on with the Patriots offense? how can they improve?
(16:00) Jerod explains why he has faith the Patriots are going to be ok
(20:00) What should we make of Rob Gronkowski’s brother saying Gronk is frustrated by being double covered?
(27:00) Is Sony Michel the key to the Patriots beating the Dolphins on Sunday?
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